Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Bau prepares home for new Vunivalu

Bau prepares home for new Vunivalu - 11 JUN 2008
Islanders on Bau are busy maintaining a historical building ahead of the installation of the Vunivalu - the paramount chief of Kubuna confederacy.‘Vunirara’ was used to accommodate Prince Charles in 1970 when Fiji gained independence.The building is expected to be the residence of the new Vunivalu.Former Vice President Ratu Jope Seniloli told Fijilive that before all the historical buildings on the island was repaired and maintained by government but it has stopped.When asked whether the Government is providing money for the maintenance, he said in Hindi “Kuch nai, khali pathar” meaning “nothing, only stones”.Ratu Jope said that the maintenance is done by the Bau people, not the Government.The title of Tui Kaba was once held by Ratu Seru Cakobau, the ‘King of Fiji’ who ceded the country to Great Britain in 1874 and is considered by many as Fiji’s highest-ranking traditional chief.

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